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Press Release -- November 10th, 2011
Source: Optimum Lightpath
Tags: Ethernet, Video

Optimum Lightpath Awards $50,000 To Help Westchester County Schools Deploy Educational Technology

Five schools chosen to receive grants announced at ceremony with County Executive Robert P. Astorino.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 – Optimum Lightpath®, a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today announced the winners of its $50,000 education technology grant program for Westchester County schools. The grant recipients were announced at a ceremony with County Executive Robert P. Astorino, which was held at the Michaelian Office Building.

The following schools, which were chosen from among 44 applicants, will each receive a $10,000 grant from Optimum Lightpath to advance teaching and learning with technology:

  • The Biondi School of Leake & Watts – Yonkers
  • Corpus Christi- Holy Rosary – Port Chester
  • Mount Pleasant Blythedale UFSD – Valhalla
  • Thornton High School – Mount Vernon
  • Westlake High School – Thornwood

“As New York’s ‘Intellectual Capital,’ Westchester County views technology as a critical driver for expanding the capabilities of our businesses, government and schools,” said County Executive Astorino. “In working closely with Optimum Lightpath, Westchester County has deployed a 100 percent fiber network that keeps us moving fast and ahead of the technology curve. We are pleased to see that schools receiving grants today will be among those able to take advantage of this network to enhance learning for students through unique and innovative programs.”

Schools receiving an Optimum Lightpath grant plan to fund a wide range of technology based programs. These new initiatives include distance learning, virtual field trips, social initiatives for students who have been injured in an accident and cannot physically attend school, teaching of digital skills and preparation for careers in media, collaboration with outside organizations and E-book programs to improve reading fluency and better prepare students for college.

“The $50,000 in grants awarded to Westchester County schools today underscore Optimum Lightpath’s ongoing commitment to creating new opportunities for educational institutions that are powered by new, transformational technology,” said Dave Pistacchio, President, Optimum Lightpath. “We are eager to see the new innovative technology-infused programs implemented throughout the school year and will continue to look for opportunities to benefit students and teachers throughout the New York metro area we serve.”

The grant program was open to public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout Westchester County. Grants were awarded based on how the school would:

  • Leverage technology to improve instruction;
  • Promote the use of technology to improve the overall education experience;
  • Utilize new technology to promote distance learning; and
  • Create new school initiatives centered around new technologies.

An independent grant application review committee was assembled in order to ensure a thorough application evaluation process. All applications were made anonymous so as not to influence the judging process.

Optimum Lightpath works extensively with schools throughout the New York metropolitan area to deliver Ethernet-based communication services that transform education in the classroom. Schools that have deployed services from Optimum Lightpath’s Education Services Suite have cut costs, considerably increased bandwidth and enhanced teaching and learning. For more information about Optimum Lightpath’s work in the education sector, visit:

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About Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC, news, filings), is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath’s Network is a highly reliable, resilient, and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 4,400 route miles connecting more than 4,500 fiber-lit locations. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world’s largest business market for 20 years, Optimum Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. For 13 straight years, the New York State Public Service Commission has given Optimum Lightpath its Commendation of Excellence. Optimum Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership. For more information, visit

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